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Woodcarving Illustrated Fall 2017 Issue 80

The Fall 2017 issue of Woodcarving Illustrated includes a variety of projects, patterns, and features, as well as interesting techniques. This issue is a part of the regular magazine subscription. It is also available from your favorite retailer or from Fox Chapel Publishing, or 1-800-457-9112.

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In This Issue:


Woodcarver of the Year

By Kathleen Ryan

Meet Janet Cordell, the 2017 honoree

Distinctively Different Decoys

By Kathleen Ryan

Chris Boone uses natural bark, knots, and lichen to accent his carvings

CLICK HERE to see more photos of Chris Boone’s natural decoys

Blades and Banjos

By Kathleen Ryan

Carver strikes a chord with gourd banjos



Make a House Sign

By Marty Leenhouts

Versatile design is easy to carve and suits any home

Pattern Making with Clay Models

By Jim Hiser

If you don’t draw as well as you’d like, make your pattern from clay

Creating a Carving from a Kid’s Sketch

By Jill and Mary Motovidlak

Transform your child’s art into a carving


High-Relief Carving Made Easy

By Betty Padden

Simple technique gives expert results

Carving a Relief Landscape

By Dylan Goodson

Create miles of depth in a 2″-thick blank

Halloween Puzzle Playset

By Carolea Hower

Freestanding figures fit into haunted house box for storage

Trick or Treat Witch

By Mike Pounders

Focus on the expression while making this amusing witch

Tiny T. rex

By Brian Altison

King of Lizards will be a hit with dino lovers of all ages

Bighorn Ram

By Leah Goddard

Create this realistic animal bust with just five tools

Standing Blue Heron

By Robert Stadtlander

Carve and paint a tranquil relief scene


Carving a Red-Tailed Hawk Walking Stick

By David Stehly

Simple pattern creates a stunning walking stick

CLICK HERE for help choosing great wood for walking sticks

Burning a Fall Scene on Leather

By Danette Smith

Use colored pencils to bring this autumn scene to life

Carving a Boy Scout

By Chris Hammack

This iconic figure is easy to customize

Custom Paint Rack

By Steve Russell

Size this basic design to fit your workspace

Dual Ornament

By Carolea Hower

Display this quick-carve ornament from autumn to Christmas


Online Exclusives

Walking Stick Wood Chart

CLICK HERE to download a reference chart that will help you choose great wood for walking sticks.

Artist Gallery

CLICK HERE to see more photos of Chris Boone’s natural decoys.

The Spiral Spoon

CLICK HERE to read about a carver’s visit to a store devoted to carved wooden spoons.

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